Voting on Joplin’s Proposition Public Safety two months away

Proposition Public Safety is officially on the August primary ballot in Joplin. KRPS’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.

Later this year, Joplin voters will be asked whether they support a property tax to invest in and grow public safety services.

The City Council recently passed an ordinance to place a question on the August 2, 2022 ballot asking Joplin residents if they would approve a property tax designated for “municipal public safety services” in Joplin.

If approved, the proposition would levy a property tax of $1 per every $100 of assessed value on all real and personal property. The city has one of the lowest property tax rates in Missouri, at 0.1746 cents per $100 of all real and personal property. Currently, the Joplin Police Department has 16 openings and needs an additional 22 officers to meet nationally recognized law enforcement standards.

The city’s Fire Department has also experienced employee shortages in recent years. Voter registration is open through July 6 to be eligible to vote for the August 2, 2022, election. Visit for more information.

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